Emergency Shelters, Warming Centers, Soup Kitchens

Below is a list of emergency shelters, warming/cooling centers, soup kitchens, and other services available to those in need.  This information is updated whenever the City of Champaign is notified of changes by service providers.
Information on this page is subject to change without notice.


Any temporary changes or updates due to adverse weather conditions will appear here.

Centralized Intake

If you are homeless or are at risk of homelessness please call the Centralized Intake Office at 217-819-4117.  Or walk-in to complete a priority assessment and, if eligible, to be placed on the priority list for a variety of services and housing options. Individuals with higher priority compared to others will be offered housing or service option as available.

Walk-in hours are available:

  • Tuesdays from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at The Phoenix – 70 E. Washington St., Champaign.
  • Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at WorkNet Center – 1307 N. Mattis Ave., Champaign

Walk-ins clients must provide:

  • Verification of your homeless situation (i.e. eviction notice, letter from a case manager or friend stating where you are currently sleeping, etc.).
  • Photo ID
  • Social Security card(s)
  • Birth Certificates for Minor Child(ren)
  • Disability Verification (if applicable)

Contact: 217-819-4117 (Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., except County holidays).  Or email homeless-services@ccrpc.org.

Services for Men

CU Men’s Shelter

An emergency winter shelter for men will be available November 12, 2018, through March 31, 2019, between the hours of 8:30 p.m. – 7:30 a.m.  Light snacks are available, but no meals are served.  Showers and laundry are not available.
Location: New C-U at Home, 70 E Washington, Champaign (former TIMES Center location)
Contact: Cory Blackwell at Faith United Methodist Church – 217-359-3631

Services for Women

Austin’s Place — Winter Emergency Shelter for Women

Austin’s Place, an overnight emergency shelter for women will be available from December 1, 2018 – March 15, 2019, between the hours of  7:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Screening and intake takes place at Courage Connection in Downtown Champaign from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. nightly. Transportation to the shelter at First United Methodist Church is provided by shelter volunteers. Light snacks are provided. Showers and laundry are not available. Guests are provided with bus tokens in the morning.
Location: Intake at Courage Connection, 504 E. Church St., Champaign
Contact: Scott Easton – 217-278-1416
Website: shelter-austinsplace.weebly.com

St. Andrew’s Church

St. Andrew’s Church provides shower facilities for women on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. when Austin’s Place is operating for the winter.  A free community meal is available at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesdays, followed by fellowship, bible study, and discussion.
Location: 909 S. Wright St., Urbana

Services for Families and Children

Emergency Shelter for Families with Children

Contact Centralized Intake when seeking shelter for families with children  If space is not available families will be placed on a waiting list.  Eligible to Champaign County residents with one or more parents/guardians age 18+ with child(ren) under the age of 18.  Maximum six people per family.  The head of the household needs to be biologically or legally related to the child(ren).  Pregnant women without children may be housed by the program during their last trimester.  Guests will be allowed 3-5 day increments of stay, as long as they are actively participating in case management services and working toward finding a more stable housing option.
Contact: 217-819-4117

Crisis Nursery

Crisis Nursery is the only emergency-based child care facility open 24-hours a day, 365 days a year that serves children from birth to age six. It is open for the entire community to access without fees or income eligibility. Families who may be experiencing a crisis are encouraged to call and begin the process of scheduling care for their child(ren).
Contact: 217-337-2730

Regional Office of Education

The Regional Office of Education is a resource for homeless families with children who are of school age. A limited emergency shelter is available.  Preschool aged children also receive services to ensure access to early childhood and preschool programs. Verification of school enrollment is required. Services include providing school supplies, physical education clothing, transportation, alarm clocks, or special school fees. Funding also available for tutoring and to assist with the cost of educational summer programs.
Contact: 217-893-3219  (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)


Daily Bread Soup Kitchen

Hot meals served seven days a week from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Doors open at 10:30 a.m.
Location: 116 N. First St., Champaign
Contact: 217-356-7687
Website:  dailybreadsoupkitchen.com

Canteen Run

The Canteen Run is a mobile truck that offers food, drinks, blankets and human kindness to those on the streets on Sundays from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Mondays/Tuesdays/Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Drivers are needed and must pass a background check.  Training is provided on the spot.
Contact: Barb Davies or Jason Fisher at cucanteenrun@gmail.com
Website:  cucanteenrun.org

The Jubilee Café

Located in the basement of the Community United Church of Christ, the volunteer-based café provides fresh, home-cooked meals every Monday from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. to college students and local residents struggling with food insecurity.
Location: 805 S. Sixth St., Champaign

Daytime Warming Centers

The Phoenix Daytime Drop-In Center

Provides a year-round drop-in center and winter daytime warming site for those in our community that need a place to be. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Additional hours may be added when daytime temperatures drop below 10-degrees and are based on volunteer manpower.
Location:  70 E. Washington St., Champaign (the former TIMES Center)
Contact:  217-819-4569
Website:  cuathome.us

Salvation Army Stepping Stone Program and Daytime Warming Center

The Stepping Stone Program will house men, women and families who present as homeless and who commit to working the program. Capacity is two families or individuals, so agencies must contact the Program Manager before referring. The Salvation Army Red Shield Center on Market Street also serves as a daytime warming center Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  When requested by County Emergency Management, weekend hours may also be available from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Salvation Army Church.
Locations: Salvation Army Red Shield Center (2212 N. Market St., Champaign) and Salvation Army Church (502 N. Prospect Ave., Champaign)

Other Daytime Warming Options

Other locations to stay warm include public buildings during normal business hours (i.e. federal, state, local government buildings, libraries, etc.).

Other Resources

Community Resource Center

OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center.  Hours 7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: 1900 W. Park St., Urbana
Contact: 217-337-2635